Wednesday, June 24, 2009


Points for the media

Active citizenship: young people participating in positively shaping our society and world. Active citizenship is when members of a community take steps to shape their own circumstances and future, and contribute productively to building their country. It requires a spirit of participation, initiative and responsibility. It is the shape of Syria’s future.

Massar was created to inspire and empower young people in Syria to explore their world, develop life skills and make a positive contribution to their community.


Responsibility: young people taking on a duty of care or leadership on behalf of themselves and others. Young people are taking responsibility in all sorts of ways eg: leadership of a sports team or youth group, a child looking after an ill parent, a young person taking the personal decision not to smoke cigarettes or to eat healthily

Volunteering: young people giving time and capability to help for the public good. Volunteering is an effective way in which any individual can make a difference, by giving their time to help a charity, a project or an organisation working for the public good.

In Massar: blood donor database project, Lattakia marathon, teaching IT skills to blind, old

Creativity: young people developing artistic, technical, physical and thinking skills. Young people have extraordinary potential to contribute in a variety of ways. Their innate creativity may form the basis of a possible career, or a lifelong interest. In particular, young people are encouraged to develop thinking and learning skills which will equip them to succeed throughout a lifetime of change.

In Massar: music composing, Amwaj choir, touring programme, ICT applications

Connection: young people linking productively to others in Syria and worldwide. Building links with other individuals and communities worldwide helps to build cultural understanding, spreads positive impressions of Syria, and enriches Syria’s tradition of tolerance. Creating such links within Syria builds connections between people of different regions and encourages the celebration of Syria’s diverse cultural heritage.

In Massar: e-debate programme, collaborative learning projects


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